What to do in Italy during the winter?
Do you feel like traveling and taking a break during the winter? Well, Italy offers several winter destinations that can provide days of fun and relaxation. From north to south there are no difficulties in choosing, and to help you find the best destination for you, I propose some suggestions that can be part of your itinerary when walking in Italy during the winter. Read below our Special Post: What to do in Italy during the winter? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
We assume that the places to visit in Italy are many and of all sorts: sea, mountain and villages lost by the Apennines (mountains). Here we will have some indications of what can be done during the “cold” period in Italy. Readers habituated to the tropical climate, prepare for the cold season! Also visit our section on Climate in Italy! Here you will find everything you need to avoid making mistakes when choosing the period of your trip to Italy! IMPORTANT: If you are going to travel by car in the winter, pay attention to snow and learn How to drive with snow in Italy during the winter?
1) What to do in Italy during the winter? VISIT THE VILLAGES
There are several villages in Italy! It is common to have medieval architecture and, although small, they are always rich in culture, color, flavor, scents and aspects that tell the story of these small pieces of land scattered throughout the peninsula. These places want to be known, which is why they invite tourists to become a “temporary citizen” of the community, to share the preciousness of the landscapes, the typical enogastronomy, the popular folklore and the Traditional Festivals. Also read our posts: Tuscan Enogastronomy and the Enogastronomy of Veneto.
Among so many villages, I can pin out, in an improvised way, a less known but very beautiful place: the village of Gerace in Calabria – elegant and with oriental characteristics. Or else, another village to visit in Italy with a unique history is Orgosolo, in the country side of Sardinia. Also read our posts about Villages: What are the most beautiful villages in Italy? and Guarda Lake and its main villages.
2) What to do in Italy during the winter? GOING TO UMBRIA AND TUSCANY
Umbria and Tuscany have great tourist destinations also in the winter – rich in culture, history, tradition and delicious typical dishes. Examples are: San Gimignano and Montepulciano (in the province of Siena), Orvieto, Corciano and Castiglione del Lago (in the Umbria’s territory).
3) What to do in Italy during the winter? VISIT THE LARGE CITIES
For big cities, we always fall in the capitals. For lovers of art and culture, there are many cities that, even during the coldest periods of the year, know how to welcome thousands of tourists from all over the world with their unconditional human warmth, interested in knowing and enjoying the same varied views: artistic, historical, architectural and cultural. First of all, we certainly have Rome: a city with a unique historical-cultural background! Then you could mention Florence, Naples, Milan, Venice, Turin, Trieste, Perugia, etc.
Options in Central and Southern Italy
Options in Northern Italy
Anyway, in the north there are also must see options in winter, among them: Venice, Milan, Genoa or Torino (Turin). With typical dishes, beautiful monuments and a historical-cultural heritage to make the world envy, they are a pleasant and interesting option for winter holidays.
4) What to do in Italy during the winter? SEE THE SEA IN WINTER
For sea lovers, winter in Basilicata is an interesting destination. It is possible to visit Maratea, with a succession of charming bays, untouched caves, islets, cliffs and picturesque beaches – not only in summer, but also in the coldest months of the year. Obviously not to bathe in the sea, but to relax in places with few people but with an ever-present beauty! Discover here The 10 best beaches in Southern Italy!!
The blinding white of the rocks (the famous faraglioni), which look “in the mirror in the blue waters” of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the various towers of the sixteenth century that seem to watch over the pirate invasions. All of this makes Maratea a must see destination all year round. For those who want to venture out, a visit to the Christ the Redeemer of Maratea, 21 meters high, with open arms measuring 19 meters cannot be missed. The viewpoint at the foot of the statue is the largest panoramic point in the whole of Maratea, with an exceptional view of the admirable profile of the coast.
In any case, it is not possible to discard Italy in winter also for beach trips. Without great pretensions like thinking that you will dive, this time you will not be able to come back home tanned (lol), but a valid alternative for winter holidays are the sea tours, like those in Calabria, in Campania, in Sardinia, in Liguria or in Apulia (Puglia) – which offer tourists interesting places to visit and take a break to recharge with the healthy sea breeze and the delightful towns with natural parks. Good examples are: Salento with Ostuni, Otranto and Gallipoli, the Peninsula of Sorrento and Amalfi Coast, Reggio Calabria and Vibo Valentia, Liguria with the inspiring Cinque Terre, also Olbia and Palau in the fantastic Sardinia.
5) What to do in Italy during the winter? STAY IN THE MOUNTAINS
You can’t forget the mountains, especially in winter, with the arch of the Alps that mark the southern border of Italian territory. Certainly the ski resorts are the most visited, but you can also have fun without skiing. As in Alto Adige, for example, which during the winter offers several options for tours and is among the most fascinating and original destinations of the coldest season of the year. WHERE TO SKI IN ITALY? WHAT ARE THE BEST SKI SLOPES IN ITALY?
Attractions for Adventurers
For those with less adventurous spirit, I propose the Moonlight Classic Ski Marathon, a ski competition under the stars of Compaccio in the Alps of Siusi, among the largest in Europe. For lovers of winter sports, it is easy to organize a week of fun in the snow in the extraordinary Italian mountains. Among the most interesting destinations are the Dolomites – both for the quality of the facilities for skiing and for the beauty of its landscape. In particular, Marmolada, Dolomiti Friulane Park and the Brenta river where station stands out.
In the mountain complex of the Dolomites, the most renowned winter destinations are: Courmayeur, Cortina d’Ampezzo and Madonna di Campiglio. Of course, there are not only the Dolomites in Italy; we can find other important ski resorts, such as Roccaraso in Abruzzo, Abetone and Monte Amiata in Tuscany and Terminillo and Livata in Lazio. Also read Where to see snow close to the main Italian cities.
6) What to do in Italy during the winter? GO TO FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
In addition, there is the classic Christmas Market in Bressanone, Vipiteno, Bolzano, among others, which deserves to be visited at least once. Discover our “Festivities in Italy” section!
A must-see: the Dolomiti Balloon festival (from 4 to 12 January) in Dobbiaco (the balloon trip over the Dolomites) and the peaceful town of Val Pusteria, all covered with snow. For the more traditionalists, there is Festività dell’Avvento (from 6 to 8 December), in several villages in South Tyrol between Glorenza in Alta Val Venosta, it is possible to experience moments for both spirit and body, with Christmas songs, delicious Trentino sweets (including strudel and knodel). In gastronomic terms, the sweet tooth cannot miss the Mercato dei Sapori Pur Südtirol of Merano and Brunico, open in the morning and afternoon throughout the season.
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Finally, I can say that it is possible to enjoy moments of rest in cozy destinations also during the coldest months. We should only choose how to spend our winter holidays. Italy has a wide range of options, just make the decision to come; it has room for all tastes and for all budgets. In general, for those who want to spend their winter holidays to see monuments, museums and learn more about the history of the place, there is so much to choose from! Just dress properly!
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